Night-blooming jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum, is a low, perennial shrub primarily grown for the intense, intoxicating scent of its small, tubular blooms. Its long stems with deep-green foliage form mounds 2 to 4 feet tall and up to 12 feet across. Native to the West Indies and tropical America, nigh-blooming jasmine grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 12. It dies to the ground if exposed to frost, but sends up new growth in the spring. Night-blooming jasmine can be easily be grown in a large pot.
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Things you need
- Large pot or container
- Potting soil
- Organic compost
Choose a 20- to 30-gallon pot with adequate drainage for your night-blooming jasmine. A 30-gallon clay or ceramic pot is ideal for this spreading shrub.
Place the container in a sunny, permanent location in the garden. Night-blooming jasmine will tolerate partial shade, but performs best when grown in full sun. Choose a spot where you can appreciate the fragrance of the flowers, such as beneath a window or near a patio, deck, garden pond or gazebo.
Fill the pot with a mixture of equal parts of vermiculite, sand, potting soil and organic compost. Place the night-blooming jasmine in the container, so all roots are buried to the base of the shrub. Tamp down the soil to eliminate air pockets around the roots. Water it well.
Keep the plant evenly moist, but do not allow it to be waterlogged.
Prune night-blooming jasmine's vinelike stems as needed to control the size and shape of the plant.
Tips and warnings
- Night-blooming jasmine can be purchased in 1-gallon containers from home and garden centres or is easily started from rooted stem cuttings.
- Night-blooming jasmine can be started in a smaller container. Plan to transplant it to a larger pot as the plant matures.
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